RSS Hits the Big Time
Aschaunceyt pointed out, the new stimulus bill’simplementation instructionsrequire that each government agency report the money it gives out in RSS:
For each of the near term reporting requirements (major communications, formula block grant allocations, weekly reports) agencies are required to provide a feed (preferred: Atom 1.0, acceptable: RSS) of the information so that content can be delivered via subscription.
The document is very clear that the items in the feed can’t simply be unstructured text, but have to be reusable data, e.g.:
Formula Block Grant Allocation Reports:Agencies are asked to provide Formula Block Grant Allocation information as soon as it becomes available. Data elements for the formula block grant allocation feed should include:
And it goes on like this for several pages.
Pretty amazing to see a government so tech-savvy.
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February 21, 2009